Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Library of Congress Historic Record

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Louisburg Kansas
    Posts
    5,707
    Post Likes

    Library of Congress Historic Record

    The first job I did a lot of design on is included in the library of congress historic engineering record. It is the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Power Plant (PARPP). There are photos but I couldn't find the mechanical design drawings. Never thought I would be part of history even anonymously.
    I did the design of the diesel engine generator installation, the tunnel, the combustion air room, the cable spreading room HVAC and the air compressor installation. I started design on it in July 1969.
    No man can be both ignorant and free.
    Thomas Jefferson

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chicago area
    Posts
    13,136
    Post Likes

    Library of Congress Historic Record

    Now thats pretty damn cool.

    Doubt I’ll ever be remembered for anything special.

    I Just hope that the guy that replaces equipment Ive installed looks at some of the work Ive done in my career with the same reverence that I do when I see a craft well done.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. Likes WAYNE3298, GoCougs, 2sac, R600a liked this post.
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    863
    Post Likes
    I think I found the pictures, but I'm not going to post the link; I figure if you wanted to, you would have.

    Its amazing, except for the control center, almost all of those pictures could be modern. I guess the physics of moving air & water, piping and pumps haven't changed any, but I was surprised to see the battery rack that looks just like a data center now, even has the always-present loose batteries sitting on the floor for some reason.

    I love old sites with switchgear from the 60s, I usually don't run into anything older than that. Its beautiful, and practically functional.

    I did use to do service at some pump sites on a crude oil pipeline. The sites were all modern, but some still had the old, original buildings from the 50's when the pipeline was built. Pretty, low-slung, Mid-Century Modern control centers and pump houses with jalousie windows (no AC, of course) with most of the electrical control panels and switchgear still in place, like a lingering ghost of the 50s.


  5. Likes STEVEusaPA liked this post.
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Louisburg Kansas
    Posts
    5,707
    Post Likes
    Thread Starter
    I didn't post pictures because wasn't sure there would be any interest. In this facility if the technology existed and was needed it was included. The painting cost $7,000,000 and was done two times.
    No man can be both ignorant and free.
    Thomas Jefferson

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Culver, Oregon (Central OR)
    Posts
    4,487
    Post Likes
    Ya, but this is a picture sub-forum. We need to see them.

    Otherwise you might as well just post in another place.
    "Life, Liberty, and Levin!"

  8. Likes R600a liked this post.
  9. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Oklahoma home its in the name.
    Posts
    11,300
    Post Likes
    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    I didn't post pictures because wasn't sure there would be any interest. In this facility if the technology existed and was needed it was included. The painting cost $7,000,000 and was done two times.
    I am definitely interested so I'll post a link.
    Can you let me know if I got the right place.
    https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.nd0078.photos?st=list

    Sent from the Okie state usin Tapatalk
    "Is this before or after you fired the parts cannon at it?" - senior tech

  10. Likes ksefan, BaldLoonie liked this post.
  11. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Louisburg Kansas
    Posts
    5,707
    Post Likes
    Thread Starter
    You have the right place R600a. I couldn't find photos of the engine generators on what you posted but I didn't find a lot on my own either. One thing that was interesting about this facility that the sight doesn't say much about is the spring isolation that was installed to absorb the nuclear shock wave. The 5200 horsepower diesel engines were mounted on springs that allowed the engines to move. I'm not going to get into the details but the sight mentions spring isolation so it isn't a secret.

    We also designed a hardened generating facility for a private company. Unless I find it posted on the net I'm not going to say anything about it except the space was so costly none of it was wasted. We had to make a list and give it to the owner of the order of installation of every piece of equipment. If the equipment wasn't installed in that order it couldn't be installed. Lessons learned on the Safeguard project were very helpful.
    Last edited by WAYNE3298; 08-01-2021 at 07:48 AM.
    No man can be both ignorant and free.
    Thomas Jefferson

  12. Likes R600a liked this post.
  13. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    kansas
    Posts
    2,108
    Post Likes
    I’ll be remembered for evacuation of several retirement homes and shutting down several processes lines
    Honeywell you can buy better but you cant pay more

    I told my wife when i die to sell my fishing stuff for what its worth not what i told her i paid for it

  14. Likes R600a, WAYNE3298, Lahrs liked this post.
  15. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,547
    Post Likes
    I looked at some of the pictures, very cool.
    I r the king of the world!...or at least I get to stand on the roof and look down on the rest of yall

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •